The number of people spotted sleeping rough in London rose by 10 per cent in just three months between April and June, according to official statistics.
In total, just under 3,000 people were spotted sleeping on the streets in the capital for at least one night, the London-only Combined Homelessness Action Information Network (Chain) revealed. That’s a sharp increase on the 2,714 people counted by frontline workers between January and March.
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The alarming rise comes a day after statutory homelessness statistics revealed a similar rise in the number of people asking councils for support with homelessness in England. The figures were described as a “warning shot” by homelessness charities, citing fears that the cost of living crisis is putting households at risk of losing their homes.
“This must act as a wakeup call for the new prime minister that we cannot be complacent if we’re to end rough sleeping for good,” said Matt Downie, Crisis chief executive.
“With each passing day the cost of living crisis pushes more people to the edge as they struggle to cope with the surge in bills, rent, and food, and yet we still do not have an updated rough sleeping strategy that sets out a clear plan for how we will tackle one of the greatest social injustices of our time.
“We cannot let anyone else fall through the cracks and face the brutality of homelessness. The new prime minister must publish an updated rough sleeping strategy as a matter of urgency, which includes a plan to deliver the genuinely affordable homes we need, so that no one has to face life on the streets.”